COVID-19: Cross country update (May 28, 2020)

May 28, 2020

British Columbia

The Government of British Columbia announced the following measure:

Jobs in British Columbia’s Agricultural Sector

British Columbians are now able to access a new online resource that will make it easier to learn about jobs and careers in agriculture, while providing farmers, seafood businesses and food processors with a one-stop shop to support their hiring and planning needs.

The new B.C. Farm, Fish and Food Job Connector will showcase current job vacancies throughout the province, including those for crop and seafood harvesters, food processing and farm workers, agrologists, large machinery operators and marketing specialists. The site also has sector-specific information and guidance to support businesses as they adapt their recruitment and human resource management in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Alberta

The Government of Alberta announced the following measure:

Long-Term Care and Supportive Living Facilities

On May 25, 2020, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, issued an order providing updated operational and outbreak standards for long-term care and licensed supportive living facilities.  These updates are intended to help ensure those living in these settings are kept as physically safe as possible in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  For details on the updated standards, see CMOH Order 23-2020.

 

Saskatchewan

The Government of Saskatchewan announced the following measure:

Funding for Caregivers

On May 28, 2020, the government of Saskatchewan announced $1.125 million in respite funding for caregivers of people with intellectual disabilities during the pandemic. This funding will provide $100 per month from June to September 2020 to pay for respite or respite activities. Many respite options, such as summer camps and day programs, have been closed during the pandemic but this funding will allow caregivers to access broader options. Approximately 2,800 caregivers will be eligible for the pandemic respite payments, including families caring for adult Community Living Service Delivery clients in their homes; families receiving the Family Respite Benefit for children under the age of 18 with an intellectual disability; and Approved Private Service Home proprietors, including Mental Health Approved Home proprietors.

 

Manitoba

The Government of Manitoba announced the following measure:

Online Tool to Help Match Employers and Students for Jobs

The Manitoba government has launched Student Jobs MB, a new online tool dedicated to matching students and employers in an expedited process to encourage student summer employment. Student Summer MB is free and will complement the Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program, which was launched on April 24, 2020 as a response to the economic impact of the pandemic.

The Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program supports employers in hiring high school and post-secondary students by making $120 million available for an hourly $7 wage subsidy, up to a maximum of $5,000 per student. The program is open to students aged 15 to 29, with an employment period from May 1 to September 4, 2020. Employers can be subsidized to hire up to five students.

 

Quebec

The Government of Quebec announced the following measures:

Resumption of Judicial Activities

On May 28, the Québec government announced the gradual resumption of judicial activities in Québec courthouses as of June 1. As of that date, the courts will resume processing non-urgent cases.

Administrative tribunals will also gradually resume their activities as of June 1. Please consult the website of the various administrative tribunals to find out when services will resume.

State of Emergency Renewal

On May 27, the Québec government adopted an Order to renew the state of public health emergency throughout the Québec territory and extend the measures provided for by Orders in Council until June 3, 2020.

Order Respecting Announced Reopenings

On May 27, the Québec government adopted an Order lifting the suspension of certain activities, as announced in the last few days, effective June 1.

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Le gouvernement du Québec a annoncé les mesures suivantes :

Reprise des activités judiciaires

Le 28 mai, le gouvernement du Québec a annoncé la reprise graduelle des activités judiciaires dans les palais de justice du Québec à partir du 1er juin. À compter de cette date, les tribunaux recommenceront à traiter les dossiers non urgents.

En ce qui concerne les tribunaux administratifs, ceux-ci reprendront également graduellement leurs activités à compter du 1er juin. Veuillez consulter le site Web des divers tribunaux administratifs afin de s’informer de la réouverture des services.

Renouvellement de l’état d’urgence

Le 27 mai, le gouvernement du Québec a adopté un décret pour renouveler l’état d’urgence sanitaire sur tout le territoire québécois et prolongé les mesures prises par arrêtés ministériels jusqu’au 3 juin 2020.

Décret concernant les réouvertures annoncées

Le 27 mai, le gouvernement du Québec a adopté un décret levant la suspension de certaines activités, comme annoncé dans les derniers jours, à compter du 1er juin.

 

New Brunswick

The Government of New Brunswick announced the following measures:

State of Emergency Extended

The government of New Brunswick extended the state of emergency for another 14 days commencing May 28.

Reopening Delayed

The New Brunswick zones currently listed as “yellow” will remain at this level until determined otherwise. This means that activities previously scheduled to be permitted on May 29 will be delayed by at least one week to June 5. This will allow for the time required to determine the extent of the current outbreak in Zone 5 (Campbellton region).

The activities being delayed are:

  • Outdoor public gatherings of 50 people or fewer;
  • Indoor religious services, including weddings and funerals, of 50 people or fewer; and
  • Low-contact team sports.

Openings being delayed include:

  • swimming pools, saunas and waterparks;
  • gyms, yoga and dance studios;
  • rinks and indoor recreational facilities; and
  • pool halls and bowling alleys.

 

Prince Edward Island

The Government of Prince Edward Island announced the following measures:

Phase 3 Reopening

Prince Edward Island will move to further relax restrictions within the province as phase 3 begins on June 1. Gyms, libraries, personal services, day camps, campgrounds, and other public facilities will be permitted to reopen. Visitation is also being permitted for compassionate and palliative care. Seasonal residents may apply to visit Prince Edward Island this summer, which will require a self-isolation plan.

Phase 3 highlights include:

  • Gatherings – no more than 15 people indoor and 20 people outdoor may gather while maintaining physical distancing with individuals who are not part of one’s household.
  • Long Term Care Visitation – Visits will be permitted in outdoor areas at Long Term Care facilities with a maximum of two designated visitors per resident.
  • Restaurants – Indoor dining will be permitted with a maximum seating capacity of 50 patrons. There is no set seating capacity for outdoor dining areas. Physical distancing must be maintained between patrons at different tables as well as for patrons at the bar or in waiting areas and applies to both indoor and outdoor seating areas.
  • Recreational Activities – adhering to current gathering numbers (maximum of 15 indoor and 20 outdoor), organized recreational activities and team sports may operate.  Modifications may be necessary based on the level of physical contact.  Full contact sports like wresting or rugby would require extensive modification/practice options at this time.

Child Care Services

Updated public health guidelines will come into effect June 1 to allow for the expansion of child care, as follows:

  • the cap of 20 people per licensed child care centre will be removed;
  • the maximum number permitted in a pre-school group will increase from 5 to 8, and the number of children in a school-aged group will increase from 5 to 15; and
  • infants can return to centres.

The easing of restrictions in Phase 3 will also mean that more services can be offered in schools, for example:

  • in-person appointments and small group sessions will be scheduled for students to meet with their classroom and resource teachers to receive more support;
  • the respite program will expand to 56 schools on June 1 to offer individualized support to students who have EAs or Youth Service Workers;
  • one-to-one counseling will be offered in schools and staff will meet with students who have significant social-emotional needs; and
  • transition sessions will be offered for Kindergarten students and those who are moving on to a new school.

 

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